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Pandora launches new standalone app for Apple Watch

Pandora app for Apple Watch now supports standalone music streaming

Looks like Spotify isn't the only game in town. At least when it comes to standalone streaming apps for the Apple Watch.Pandora has announced that its new Apple Watch app can now be used to listen to music and podcasts without an iPhone . That means you can go...

In Review: Amazon Echo Studio smart speaker rocks (plus comparison to Sonos One)

As a long time Sonos enthusiast it pains me to say I've slowly migrated to an Amazon Echo multi-room setup.I definitely miss the Sonos app, which I believe is still best-in-class. It's easy to find various stations across Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora and the like, and it's especially well...
74% Of U.S. Homes Have A Video Streaming Service

Trendspotting: 74% of U.S. homes have a video streaming service

The era of cord cutting appears to be coming to an end. Most of us, according to a new report, have already left satellites and cable behind and embraced streaming.A new study from Leichtman Research Group -- via PCMag -- says 74% of U.S. homes now have some form...
Review: Beautiful Carole King Musical at SHN Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco

San Francisco Stage: Feel-good Carole King musical hits all the right notes

Leaving the SHN Golden Gate Theatre in a good mood, you won’t even mind the traffic jam outside the theater.
Spotify market share report Apple Music 2019 growth

Trendspotting: Apple Music hits 28M users, passes Spotify at 26M users

In the war for streaming music subscribers Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is apparently making major inroads.According to reports today, Apple Music had 28 million users (U.S.) in February. That compares to 26 million for Spotify (NYSE: SPOT).Growth rates per WSJ suggest Apple Music is growing at 2.6% to 3% versus...
Apple to roll Texture into News app and add Netflix-like subscription feature.

Apple Texture Magazine App: Publishers confront similar issue that challenged music, TV and movie business models

The Texture app has been out for a while now. Often described as a Netflix for magazines, the nifty app for iOS and Android lets you read about 200 magazines for only $10/month. It's a great app, and I especially enjoy it when traveling.Now that Apple owns Texture via...
Amazon Alexa now playing music interface (Web)

Smart Home Audio: Amazon should create dedicated Alexa music app for its Echo speakers

With its recent addition of "Everywhere" mode, Amazon is pushing hard into the whole home audio market. Traditionally that's been the domains of the likes of custom installers, and, more recently, Sonos.In the Alexa app or in its companion browser interface, you can select songs, stations, playlists from various...
Alexa app compared to Sonos for whole home audio

Amazon adds whole home audio to Echo speakers, gives Sonos the ultimate death stare

It's called Multi-Room Music and the new feature enables several Echo smart speakers to stream music in sync across the home.
Apple HomePod: Music is the key

Apple emphasizes music with HomePod – but it’s still an assistant

The assistant wars are heating up. Apple has officially entered with fray.Apple HomePod joins Amazon Echo and Google Home in the battle for the rest of our non-mobile lives. We have search with us on the go, thanks to our Androids and iPhones. But what about the home? Apparently,...